Negros spikers eye Palaro title

THE road to glory in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa wouldn’t be easy for Negros Island Region (NIR) volleybelles but they are in high spirits to make it to the podium.

Jose Montalbo, vice chair for sports of Bacolod Tay Tung High School, said that despite the successful tune-ups and preparations of the secondary volleyball teams, the players still need a lot of practice to hone their skills.

“The team was relatively new as each of the players was just recently appointed to join the selection team. Nonetheless, it was a good thing that our players were able to compete with other excellent players of the opposing teams,” he said.

The NIR spikers ruled the St. Ignatius Invitational Volleyball Cup Season 7 tournament in Cebu City against hard fighting Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts, and had another great game in Iloilo last week.

The NIR team is composed of six players from Tay Tung: Rhean Hebraica Almendralejo, Kiesha Dazzie Bedonia, Shane Carmona, Nohlin Jenniper Jundana, Joan Marie Monares, and Marianne Sotomil.

Others are St. John’s Institute’s MM Jowel Therese Malignat, Livingstone International School’s Marite Espina, Talisay City’s Christine de la Cruz and Shaira Mae Jardio, Silay City’s Marhis Anne Casain, and Tanjay City’s Baby Jane Soreno.

Suiting up for the elementary girls are Apolinario Mabini Elementary’s Gwen Banas, Sandy Gee Sta. Rita, Charlene Tayapad, Joylyn Villaflor, and Kathleen Villahermosa;

Keryan Kirsten Andrada and Julianah Alex Severino of University of St. La Salle-Integrated School; Zenith Joy Deposoy of West Elementary School, Natalie Paige and Lorien Ysobel Gamboa of St. John’s Institute; Stephanie Kyle Flores of La Carlota North Elementary School; and Trisha Nicole Positos of St. Francis of Assisi School.

The NIR squad is looking forward to give their best performance in this year’s Palaro against the country’s bests led by defending champions National Capital Region, silver medalists Central Visayas, and bronze medalists Calabarzon. (HGD)